Arnold Schwarzenegger has famously maintained that the Republican party has a problem at the box office -- but now California's former Republican governor is equating the GOP with the sinking of the Titanic.
"Well, you know, I told the Republican party at the Republican convention -- it was like 10 years ago -- that they're dying at the box office," Schwarzenegger told CNN's Michael Smerconish Saturday morning, the same day thousands of Americans marched to protest politicians' lackluster response to curbing gun violence. "The reason why I said that was because their policies were such that they were not really including everybody so that you have everyone interested."
"For instance -- women," he continued. "A million women left within a few years because we did not address as a party health care issues, we did not address education issues, we did not address environmental issues. Those are three issues that are very important to women, and we were losing them because we were not addressing those issues."
The "Terminator" star said he's tried numerous times to tell fellow party members that their "anti" approach is harming them. "We are losing and we are dying at the box office," Schwarzenegger said.
"Since then, the party has decreased and now has only a 26 percent popularity overall, and so it is dying, and I see it like the Titanic," he added. "The only thing is that we don't have to go under completely. We don't have to wait for that moment. Let's change and let's go and be more open and go back to this kind of like big tent idea of Ronald Reagan."
Schwarzenegger also said he believes the Independent Party will soon take over because Republicans are "too far to the right" and Democrats are "too far to the left."